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  • Actor Ben Foster on playing Lance Armstrong: “those guys suffer”   50 weeks 2 days ago

    I'm surprised that road.cc haven't done any reviews of the Pantani film, and the 'Lance Armstrong Lie'. I have seen both, and both give very sympathetic accounts of the respective riders.

    I understand the culture of doping and difficulties of being a professional in this era. However, having watched 'The Armstrong Lie' Armstrong's chief talent is for crafting the narrative of his own story. He talks about doing 2009 clean, we he almost certainly wasn't. He also claims to have be dope free on the Hautacam, but conveniently cloaking the fact that he was likely to have doped in his run up to the Tour.

    Ultimately his focus and drive took him to the top. But it is the ruthless and illegitimate manner in which he did that counts him down as an athlete and a human being.

  • No speed limit sign means no prosecution for speeding driver who killed cyclist on pedestrian crossing   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Eebijeebi wrote:
    Cyclists should be aware that motorists are not obliged to give precedence to them on a pedestrian crossing. You have to be off to and pushing to earn that - by being a pedestrian.

    Really? A person on a bike in the road has to 'earn' the right to not be mown down? That's certainly an interesting interpretation the law.

    Eebijeebi wrote:

    The speed issue would be good evidence towards an offence of dangerous/ reckless/ without due care etc, but the road signage appears to have put paid to that.

    If you bother to read the comments above, you'll understand why the argument about signage is nonsense.

    Eebijeebi wrote:
    Do people seriously think that the police would not prosecute if there was a case?

    I don't know, but what is for certain is that the comments from the PC involved in the inquest demonstrate a stunningly cavalier attitude to the matter.

    Eebijeebi wrote:

    There's always more to know

    Yes, quite.

  • Video: Irish bus company investigates driver who told cyclist "I'll run you over"   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Firstly this goes to show that lanes of this kind are far too narrow and encourage close passes. Bikes steer by leaning, and as we saw, you only need to lose a couple of inches and you're stuffed.

    As for waiting behind the bus, of course I can see the wisdom in this, but how slow would the bus be going before you decide it's ok to use the lane provided for bikes? Would you wait behind a stationary bus? One of the big benefits of cycling is (or should be) not getting caught up in motorised traffic jams caused by single occupancy cars. Plus it's not uncommon to end up in this situation because the bus is overtaking.

    Peowpeow is right that things would be very different with sensible width physically separated lanes.

  • Jenny Jones and RoadPeace launch new parliamentary group for road justice   50 weeks 2 days ago

    hmmm, to little to late in my opinion. Any suggestions / ideas this group come up with will fall on deaf ears as we are into the last year of a sitting govt who will only try and put through legislation that will win them votes and be easy to do.

    New road traffic legislation is a minefield they wont want to waste time on.

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt   50 weeks 2 days ago

    i'd smile like tony blair as my bianchi gear banishes cycling fashion despair Smile

  • Setting the bar high   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Late comment perhaps but here's something to really stir up the mix....drops. Firstly, yep I'm a fat MAMIL but was at least properly fitted recently for my long head tubed Merida CF94. Spend all my time on the hoods or bars, the drops are really pointless from my perspective and relatively uncomfortable for any period, even allowing for an upward stem. Does the average leisure / weekend non-racing rider really gaining from the drops or is there a new hybrid product in the waiting where the arc below the shifters is simply missing / sawn off?

  • Giro Factor raod shoes   50 weeks 2 days ago

    i have a pair of giro prolights (this years model) because the empires were not in stock in my size. i ordered a 44, which fit very comfortably. i have some shimano 170s, which fit really well and are 43.5. they seem to hold true to shimano sizing

  • Actor Ben Foster on playing Lance Armstrong: “those guys suffer”   50 weeks 2 days ago

    "Fastest" - sure.
    "Greatest" - not so much...

  • "People will take priority over bikes" - rail boss explains why bicycles not welcome on Grand Départ trains   50 weeks 2 days ago

    dafyddp wrote:
    Not exactly Mr Multi-Modal, is he? I saw some vintage video footage from the 1950s (or whatever), when t was common for people to take their bikes on a train. A dedicated carriage had simple hooks to hang the front wheel allowing fifty or more bikes to be carried. Given that it's a 'bit of a special occasion', you'd have thought train operators might have jumped at the opportunity to trial this approach again - the positive PR would do them no end of good.

    Ah. Nostalgia ain't what is used to be!

    I remember the trains in the 1950s because I'm that old. Dirty, smelly, draughty, slam door, no toilets, no corridors and 3rd class travel and if you wanted to take your bike you had to hang it up in the guards van and then hope that they stopped long enough for you to get off and reclaim your bike.

    The vast majority of people going to the tour won't be 'cyclists', they'll be people going for a day out at a sporting event that they've been told they will enjoy. If they can't get on the train because it's 'full' (i.e. at least one) of bikes they will not be happy, and being the long-term users of this form of transport will complain like buggery to the train operators.

    And it's not as simple as 'putting on a couple of extra carriages'. The platforms at most of the stations that serve the areas where Le Tour are going are not long enough to take longer trains. Do you want to be in the carriage that doesn't stop by a platform?

    I went to watch the Olympics road race in 2012. My wife and I travelled from Guildford to Dorking by train to go to Boxhill and Denbies. They put on extra services just for the day both to and fro and they were rammed and you really had to enjoy other people's company in very close proximity. There were no bikes allowed on those either.

  • Actor Ben Foster on playing Lance Armstrong: “those guys suffer”   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Looks like they've tried really hard with all the details, but thats a shoe #fail. Sidis in '99? I think not. Already with Nike, no?

  • Win a Bianchi L'Eroica t-shirt and sweatshirt   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Cool

    Classic Italian just like me!!

  • How not to be a 'fish and chips' cyclist.   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Actually the more I think about this article the more it sounds like a desperate has been trying to prove their own credibility against a wave of new cyclists who are only doing what society is telling them to do I.e. Getting outside and getting active.

    I was thinking on the way home tonight cycling along the Thames and the real reason I ride my bike is because it makes me feel like I am 12 years old going to meet my mates in the park without a care in the world and a pocket full of penny chews.

    Yours irate in reading etc

    P.s. I rode to work everyday through the winter does that make me credible or still just a middle aged middle manager. Thinking

    P.p.s I will shave my legs if I want too, mostly because they then look better in high heels. Big Grin

  • The Traffic Droid on C4's The Complainers   50 weeks 2 days ago

    And just to add more fuel to the fire he is also on the itv shit stir show. Sick

  • Do you trust your handlebar stem?   50 weeks 2 days ago

    I started building custom wheels recently so have learned a thing or two about liability, as well as real shelf life of bicycle components.

    All the bits on your bike fall somewhere on the weight/ durability spectrum. Older stuff, like quill stems, were very durable, but the industry ceded durability for weight in the 90s. These days you can buy a bike for not a lot that's half the weight of Bernard Hinault's bike, but I can guarantee it won't last as long when subjected to the same use/ abuse.

    Stems are much the same as spokes (and anything else); they have a certain number of cycles they can tolerate before failure. 10 years for an alloy stem may be a long time, but it's more dependent on the use you've put it through in that time.

    2 years for a stem is legally right; almost all people will not put a stem through enough abuse for it to fail in that time. Beyond that and it becomes a matter of rider weight/ road quality/ weather exposure. Chances are a stem will last a decade if ridden on smooth roads by a light rider on sunny days, but from a liability perspective you can't guarantee that and so have to mandate a shorter shelf life, so you don't get sued if your product eventually fails and causes an accident.

  • Cat 4 points   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Sometimes they run them as handicaps - 4th cats go off first followed by 3rds, 2nds, 1sts at intervals behind, the idea being it all comes together near the finish.
    Other times it's simply a way of giving everyone a bit of a thrash round on a crit. Generally there aren't loads of Elites or 1sts anyway so it's not like you're up against the likes of the full Team Raleigh squad...

    Sometimes it depends a bit on time or available light. If there's enough time (summer crits) they'll usually run two races, an E/1/2 and a 3/4.

    In road races, it's generally just a way of getting a full field but yes, there are better ways to run road races - Regional A (2nds, 3rds, 4ths) and Regional B (3rds, 4ths) are usually the most popular and can almost always get full fields. But it's just top ten or top 15 that'll get points. I've seen 4th cats win or place in races like that, it can be done - you just have to be a bit smarter about it.

  • Video: Irish bus company investigates driver who told cyclist "I'll run you over"   50 weeks 2 days ago

    That's me convinced then. I will now undertake buses when the paint on the road allows.

  • How not to be a 'fish and chips' cyclist.   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Apparently I'm not a 'proper cyclist'. Well thank christ for that, they sound like a right bunch of elitist arseholes. Sad

    Just vinegar on mine please, and some mushy peas too. Smile

  • No speed limit sign means no prosecution for speeding driver who killed cyclist on pedestrian crossing   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Cyclists should be aware that motorists are not obliged to give precedence to them on a pedestrian crossing. You have to be off to and pushing to earn that - by being a pedestrian.
    The speed issue has no bearing on the specific offence re the pedestrian crossing.
    The speed issue would be good evidence towards an offence of dangerous/ reckless/ without due care etc, but the road signage appears to have put paid to that.
    What you're left with is no stick to beat the driver with. Sad as the case may be, those are the facts - I didn't see any criticism of the police from the coroner?
    It's not the justice system at fault here - it's the cyclist and the signage. Do people seriously think that the police would not prosecute if there was a case?
    Should the cyclist have been seen - yes.
    Should it have happened - of course not.
    Importantly what we aren't told here is -
    How is the cars speed assessed? From the injuries?
    Did the cyclist go into the side of the car of vice versa.
    There's always more to know before getting out the pitchforks.

  • Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bar tape   50 weeks 2 days ago

    i bought it, got it for £28

    to be honest its amazing and the parts of my bike i want have the best quality parts are the ones my hands and arse go on.

    full rrp is a bit strong but who ever actually pays rrp?

    the plugs are great i hate push in plastic plugs which make your bike look scabby and inevitably fall out at some point

    and once again you saw the item on the review list, you saw the price.

    if you dont like the idea of buying, nobody is forcing you to buy it. stop moaning1

    all the comments ever seem to be on here these days are from the 'hoooooooooooooooooooow much????aldi do bartape for 20p brigade'

  • No speed limit sign means no prosecution for speeding driver who killed cyclist on pedestrian crossing   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Cyclists should be aware that motorists are no obliged to give precedence to them on a pedestrian crossing. You have to be off to and pushing to earn that - by being a pedestrian.
    The speed issue has no bearing on the specific offence re the pedestrian crossing.
    The speed issue would be good evidence towards an offence of dangerous/ reckless/ without due care etc, but the road signage appears to have put paid to that.
    What you're left with is no stick to beat the driver with. Sad as the case may be, those are the facts - I didn't see any criticism of the police for the coroner?
    It's not the justice system at fault here - it's the cyclist and the signage. Do people seriously think that the police would not prosecute if there was a case?
    Should the cyclist have been seen - yes.
    Should it have happened - of course not.
    Importantly what we aren't told here is -
    How is tech cars speed assessed? From the injuries?
    Did the cyclist go into the side of the car of vice versa.
    There's always more to know before getting out the pitchforks.

  • No speed limit sign means no prosecution for speeding driver who killed cyclist on pedestrian crossing   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Cyclists should be aware that motorists are no obliged to give precedence to them on a pedestrian crossing. You have to be off to and pushing to earn that - by being a pedestrian.
    The speed issue has no bearing on the specific offence re the pedestrian crossing.
    The speed issue would be good evidence towards an offence of dangerous/ reckless/ without due care etc, but the road signage appears to have put paid to that.
    What you're left with is no stick to beat the driver with. Sad as the case may be, those are the facts - I didn't see any criticism of the police for the coroner?
    It's not the justice system at fault here - it's the cyclist and the signage. Do people seriously think that the police would not prosecute if there was a case?
    Should the cyclist have been seen - yes.
    Should it have happened - of course not.
    Importantly what we aren't told here is -
    How is tech cars speed assessed? From the injuries?
    Did the cyclist go into the side of the car of vice versa.
    There's always more to know before getting out the pitchforks.

  • How not to be a 'fish and chips' cyclist.   50 weeks 2 days ago

    gdmor10 wrote:
    lots of things wrong in that article, in my experience most cyclists I meet on the road do say hello apart from people in club groups who usually ignore you, Henley road club seem particularly snooty, maybe the writer is a member there?

    Not only Henley, my nearest club are an arrogant bunch who treat solo riders as though they are invisible - I was badly left hooked by a group a couple of Sundays ago, plus being ignored by them when I was by the side of the road with a mechanical last year.

    I've joined the appropriate club for every one of the various activities I've done over the years and had every intention of joining a cycling club. Having seen them in action, no chance.

  • "People will take priority over bikes" - rail boss explains why bicycles not welcome on Grand Départ trains   50 weeks 2 days ago

    Now you'll all know how I feel, not being allowed my bike on the train anyway Rolling On The Floor

  • Video: Marcel Kittel teams up with ASO to give Tour de France fans safety advice   50 weeks 2 days ago

    I fully respect their efforts and have no kids, so I can still run along side then?

    Not a great video at all

  • Video: Irish bus company investigates driver who told cyclist "I'll run you over"   50 weeks 2 days ago

    mbell wrote:
    ...having enough road sense to hang back and let ( the frequently stopping on the left) bus carry on in front until it next pulled over.

    It's a mandatory cycle lane though. Nerd There shouldn't be any bus stops there because that would require the bus to break the law to pick up passengers - which would be messed up even by UK road design standards.